Tag: Risk Management

Industrial fire training for refinery or chemical plant fire brigade or fireman

Determining Your Disaster Risk Factors

As safety, health, and risk professionals, we pay close attention to newsworthy workplace disasters. Based on the scale and severity of these incidents, perhaps we assume they could not occur in our own organizations—after all, this is what we work to prevent. But the fact is, disasters can happen anywhere.

Office safety and ergonomics

Four Steps for Improving Workplace Ergonomics

It’s no secret that ergonomics programs often struggle to make an impact. All too often, they start off with a flurry of training and assessments and then fizzle out when people realize that there’s more talking about ergonomics than implementing ergonomics improvements. The ergonomics program starts to feel like more cost than benefit to management, […]

Safety inspection, citations

Don’t Follow the Pack, Lead the Way with Leading Indicators

We hear all the time about the importance of leading indicators in the health and safety profession but getting started and building a program around leading indicators can be difficult, especially if you don’t have the data you need. Do you know the right leading indicators for your organization? Are you measuring these leading indicators? […]

Risk gauge

Safety 2018: Where Are You in the Transition to Risk?

Workplace safety is evolving as safety professionals seek to shift the philosophy of their organizations away from one of basic compliance to one based on reducing risk. At the American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Safety 2018 Conference and Exposition being held in San Antonio, Texas, Pam Walaski, Health and Safety Director for GAI Consultants, […]

How to Avoid RMP

Are you close? You must have more than a threshold amount of a listed substance in process at your facility for the Risk Management Program requirements of the Clean Air Act Section 112(r) to apply. If your facility’s source is close to the threshold for a particular substance, you may be able to limit the […]

RMP under Scrutiny

The EPA recently issued an updated request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on updating its Risk Management Program regulations, and a notice of proposed rulemaking is being prepared.  In the original RFI, the Agency noted that it is looking for specific feedback on whether the list of Risk Management Program (RMP)-regulated substances should be […]

RMP—No Release but a Huge Fine Anyway

It’s hard to swallow a huge fine for what might have happened. But, as part of its efforts to comply with the president’s EO to improve safety and security at chemical facilities, the EPA is hunting down companies that are required to develop RMPs but have not even though there has not been a release […]

EPA Adds New TRI Reporting Category for Nonylphenol

EPA Adds New TRI Reporting Category for Nonylphenol Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities that manufacture, process or otherwise use chemicals listed in the TRI to report a variety of data regarding those chemicals. The EPA is authorized to add new chemicals to the TRI when those chemicals […]